What We Do

What is OYT Scotland?

Ocean Youth Trust Scotland is a leading youth work charity and floating outdoor education centre. Through our adventurous residential sailing voyages and the help of hundreds of volunteers, we support young people aged 12-25 to realise their true potential.

Over 700 young people from a diverse range of backgrounds sail with us each year for 5 or 7-days at a time. Working with groups and individuals, we support schools, young carers, youth groups, young people with additional support needs, sailing clubs and many more.


We believe all young people, regardless of circumstance or ability, should have the opportunity to realise their true potential in order for them to live healthy, fulfilling lives, making a positive contribution to their community and to society in general.


We exist to inspire young people through the challenge of youth work on the waves. Our voyages provide a uniquely powerful and effective environment for the personal development of young people from all backgrounds.

Lucas: “I have never seen a trip that brings people together as well as this one.”

About our work

Sailing with OYT Scotland is a genuinely life changing experience. Our award winning voyages help young people to discover their potential through the adventure of sail training. Young people need not have any sailing experience, most people who sail with us don’t.

Our voyages are inherently safe, however the unpredictable nature of sail training presents real and honest physical, mental and emotional challenges. Through a mixture of on and off shore work, we help young people to recognise the benefits of change and all participants go home with new skills and strengths.

Our voyages help young people to;

  • Build self-confidence
  • Develop problem solving and leadership skills
  • Experience the need for team work
  • Develop social and life skills
  • Gain an awareness of our environment
  • Experience healthy living
  • Develop a sense of community
  • Make new friends

We are committed to providing opportunities for everyone and have financial assistance available for both groups and individuals.

Ready for the adventure of a lifetime?

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Ocean Youth Trust Scotland
Victoria House, 5 East Blackhall Street, Greenock, PA15 1HD
Tel: +44 (0) 1475 722 722
Email: office@oytscotland.org.uk

Registered Charity, No. SC029531